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Yorba Linda postpones decision on Esperanza Hills development

Yorba Linda postpones decision on Esperanza Hills development

YORBA LINDA – Those interested in the proposed, controversial 340-home Esperanza Hills community will have to wait until January at the earliest to find out if the project will move forward.

Up for discussion at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting was the approval of a pre-annexation agreement that would transfer control of the land at issue from Orange County to the city, the location of an access street connecting to San Antonio Road and the certification of the environmental impact report already approved by the county Board of Supervisors.

The city would receive $ 6 million for consenting to the annexation and allowing the roadway on city property. In addition, the city would receive the property tax benefits from the properties, according to a staff report.

This is the second time the council continued its discussion of the proposed project. On Nov. 17, the council postponed its discussion to allow time for the developers of Esperanza Hills and Cielo Vista, a 112-home community proposed nearby, to come up with an agreed access plan.

But the two developers have not reached an agreement and the council plans to again consider the pre-annexation agreement Jan. 5.

There are several issues Yorba Linda Estates, the developer for the Esperanza Hills gated community, and Sage Community Group, the developer of Cielo Vista, need to work out.

“Esperanza Hills requires access across the Cielo Vista property for its access to either San Antonio or Aspen Drive and Cielo Vista needs water-storage facilities, which are located on the Esperanza Hills property,” said Doug Wymore, a project manager for Esperanza Hills.

The developers have also been in litigation over easement rights across the Cielo Vista property for utility and roadway purposes, and are trying to resolve a variety of other issues, Wymore said.

Contact the writer: 714-704-3709 or desalazar@ocregister.com

The Orange County Register – News Headlines : Real Estate News